Arts Opportunity for Film Makers

Message received from Benjamin Scarsbrook:


Thurrock FilmI am an organiser of the Thurrock International film Festival, which hosts an open short film competition which anybody can enter.  I was hoping you could help us out with getting filmmakers in your area to enter their films.  Perhaps you have a noticeboard on a website that will reach filmmakers in your area, or a database of artists and art societies that you can email. 

The festival is one of the fastest growing international short film festivals in the world and we receive many entries from several continents, however, our focus is to nurture UK talent as much as possible and we try to reach out to filmmakers across the county in every way possible. 

Below is some text that can be used for a posting or in an arts newsletter if your department has one. Any help in spreading our call for entries would be greatly appreciated. A digital copy of our call for entries poster can be found at this link  in .jpg form.


Thurrock International Film Festival is the largest growing international film festival in the UK. In 2015 it will return for it’s fourth year and is now looking for filmmakers to enter their films to it’s signature short film competition.

Anyone can enter a short film to one of seven categories. The deadline for this year is June 1st,  the entry fee is just £5 for students and Under 18s and £10 for regular submissions to other categories.

Selected films will be screened at the festival in October to an international audience.  There are trophies and professional software on offer as prizes,  nominated films will also be seen by a panel of celebrity judges and industry professionals which in previous years has included Brian Blessed,  Evan Peters, Dean DeBlois and Frances Fisher among others.

In 2015, the Under 18 category has an added bonus. The MMBF Trust have sponsored the award and are offering the winning young filmmaker an additional cash prize, along with opportunities to work and visit renowned film studios and festivals across Europe.

For full details on how to enter a film please visit

KOFinalsColchester Film Makers Club has won through to the finals of the IAC North Thames Knock Out competition.

The club’s 27 minute programme – The Art of Nat, Ransom Note, Finding Rockzy and Horseplay –beat off stiff competition from host club Potters Bar Filmmakers and Bourne End Video Makers at the Wyllyotts Centre on March 19.

The finals will be held on May16 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead when Colchester will come up against Walthamstow, Harrow, and Wanstead & Woodford clubs.

CCStoneStonewriter Sue Pengilley pictured carving the monument's inscription at her Halstead workshop.Film-maker Paul Desmond won the Chairman’s Cup with a short documentary, entitled Stone of Courage, which featured the carving and unveiling of a stone monument dedicated to the “courage and endurance” of the families of bomb disposal servicemen, who served in Afghanistan. (March 24 2015)  The film won both the external judges’ and members’ votes.


RansomNoteRansom Note, an experimental thriller that turns conventional film making on its head, has scooped Colchester Film Makers Club three prestigious awards in this year’s British International Amateur Film Festival.

Written and directed by Henryk Jachimczyk, with photography by Paul Desmond, the film strips out any attempt to encourage emotion or identification with the characters.

Instead of seeing faces or hearing voices, the viewer is presented with bald facts as though watching a real time news report. Only at the end is the “truth” revealed.

Ransom Note has been awarded the IAC Diamond trophy, the equivalent of the top Five Star rating; the Best Entry from an affiliated club: and Best Editing.

It is eligible to compete for the Daily Mail prize for the Best Amateur Film of the Year and the IAC’s Best British Film.

The final judging and presentation of awards will take place at the festival’s Premier Awards Show in Sittingbourne, Kent on April 19.

The panel of judges commented: “The most defiantly stylish film we have seen this year, it tells its fairly simple story of a sting in a way which is both alienating in a Brechtian sense and also fascinatingly engaging.

You (Colchester) force us to observe the details which reveal the story. The title sequence is at once charming and also suggests the way we will be fed information in visual snippets throughout.

The editing, in the sense of both timing of cuts and layout on-screen, is what makes the film powerful and memorable.”

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